Stone bridge carries the wool-wagon route from Booubyjan Station to Teebar Station and on to the port of Maryborough, c1870

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (5)

zarfe on August 28, 2008


Ian Stehbens on September 3, 2008

Thanks for your visit, Zarife.

This small stone bridge is an historic item here. It was constructed by "convicts" during the days when Britain sent its surplus prisoners to New South Wales. The earliest white settlers in the area were graziers who brought their sheep into the area, gradually displacing the aboriginal occupants.


Carolineton on September 22, 2009

From my family files I see that ggggrandfather worked on the station - family story I have been told is that his one of children was the first white child to be born there - Pauline Wilhelmine Beier was born in 1858. Do you have any early history of life at the station etc.?

Ian Stehbens on September 22, 2009

Dear Caroline,

I am delighted that you have found the photo and responded. I would love to know more. I presume you are talking about Teebar Station, or are you referring to Booubyjan Station?

Henry Cox Corfield squatted/selected Teebar Station and the Lawless Brothers took up Booubyjan Station, though they were first on Imbil Station. HC Corfield married Jessie Murray, whose brothers, John and James Murray, were the first squatters on Wuluga (Woolooga Station), and whose father, James Murray Snr, had taken up Warrawang near Wallerawang, NSW, previously. You are touching into very early pioneer history of Australia.

If you are referring to Teebar (I know less about Booubyjan because the current residents and owners there are direct heirs, and the Lawless history is very well stored and known by them) then the story of the Beier birth in 1858 could well be true. However a child died in childbirth there in 1853, followed by the death of its mother, Jessie (nee Murray) Corfield. Their grave is still well marked with a tombstone honouring the memory of Jessie and is found as shown in my gallery and on Google Earth, on the creek flat below the current house on Teebar. Teebar today is divided into a number of properties including Malarga and Koonoori.

Amazingly, unwittingly, Koonoori is owned by the Corfield family who can demonstrate a relationship to the original Teebar squatter, Henry Cox Corfield! They have the Corfield Genealogy book to prove it.

Click on the following links to learn a bit more and then please comment again and let me know what you want to know further and what you know that I can learn, please.

Grave of Jessie Corfield as I first found it.

Present tombstone on grave of Jessie Corfield since it was recreated by members of the Murray clan.

The Corfield brothers who work Koonoori today.

Interior of Booubyjan Homestead and Michael Lawless. Michael and Stephanie Lawless know their history well.

By the way, my family also had a special connection to the Beier Family, in the Bundaberg District c1910.

I look forward to your reply.


Carolineton on May 2, 2011

Thank you for detailed response - I would like correspond re genealogy. I enjoyed the stories you cross referenced. Files inaccessable right now due to 2011 flood. C

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